Japan Industrial Output Falls in August

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

TOKYO--Japanese industrial production unexpectedly fell 1.5% in August, a sign that output following a sales tax increase may be weaker than previously forecast amid tepid demand at home and abroad. The decrease in output after adjustment for seasonal factors came ...

Japan Base Pay Goes Up in August

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

TOKYO--Average wages excluding extra payments increased for the third straight month in August in Japan, the longest stretch in more than six years, as firms continue to offer improved pay to retain their workers in a tight labor market, even ...

French Public Debt Rises Over EUR2 Trillion in Second Quarter

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By William Horobin PARIS--France's public debt rose by more than 2 trillion euros ($2.54 trillion) in the second quarter to reach to 95.1% of the of economic output, French statistics agency Insee said Tuesday. The increase to a record high ...

Publicis Buys Italian Social Media Agency Ambito5

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Ruth Bender PARIS--Publicis Groupe SA (PUB.FR) Tuesday said it has bought Ambito5, an Italian ad agency specializing in social media, as the French advertising company continues its strategy to bolster its digital assets. The agency, which has 45 employees, ...

German Unemployment Rate Rises in September

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Emese Bartha FRANKFURT--German unemployment unexpectedly increased in September, the country's labor agency said Tuesday, suggesting that the labor market in Europe's largest economy is beginning to weaken after a contraction in output last quarter. The number of German people ...

Euro Tumbles to Two-Year Low

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Tommy Stubbington The euro tumbled to a two-year low Tuesday as the latest slump in eurozone inflation cranked up the pressure on the European Central Bank to further ease monetary policy. The common currency, already dented by a rising ...

UK Data Overhaul Shows Stronger Economy

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Jason Douglas and Jon Sindreu LONDON--The U.K. economy grew at a faster pace than initially thought in the second quarter, according to official estimates Tuesday that incorporate a range of changes to how Britain calculates the size and shape ...

UK Data Overhaul Shows Stronger Economy

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

LONDON--The U.K. economy grew at a faster pace than initially thought in the second quarter, according to official estimates Tuesday that incorporate a range of changes to how Britain calculates the size and shape of its economy. The changes, part ...

OECD Says Global Inflation Eased Again in August

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Paul Hannon Inflation rates across the world's largest economies eased for the third straight month in August, reflecting disappointing economic growth and indicating that central banks are unlikely to rush to tighten policy. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and ...

Reserve Bank of India Leaves Lending Rate Steady

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Gabriele Parussini MUMBAI--The Reserve Bank of India left its benchmark lending rate unchanged Tuesday as it waited for more signs that inflation in Asia's third-largest economy is retreating. The Indian central bank kept its overnight lending rate steady at ...

New Zealand ANZ Sep Business Confidence +13.4%; Aug +24.4%

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand business confidence continued to wane in September, declining for the seventh successive month, according to the ANZ Bank's business outlook survey. A net 13.4% of respondents in the monthly survey expected business conditions ...

China Will Allow Yuan-Euro Trading

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

SHANGHAI -- China's central bank said Monday that it will allow direct trading between the yuan and the euro in the interbank market for the first time, a major step in increasing trade and investment ties. The direct trading, which ...

French Consumer Spending Rebounds

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

Consumer spending in the eurozone's second largest economy rose 0.7% in August from July, when it fell 0.7%, Insee said. Food spending fell 1.5% month-on-month in July and rebounded 0.8% in August. Spending on automobiles also recovered slightly in August, ...

Italy August Unemployment Falls, Youth Jobless Rate at New High

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Giada Zampano ROME--Italy's unemployment rate fell slightly in August, but the youth jobless rate kept rising from the previous month, reaching a new all-time high. The official jobless rate fell to 12.3% in August from 12.6% the previous month, ...

Correction to German Unemployment story

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

("German Unemployment Rate Rises in September," at 0758 GMT, misstated that the unemployment rate had changed in the headline. The number of unemployed had risen but the rate had stayed the same.) (END) Dow Jones Newswires September 30, 2014 04:52 ...

Italy Sep Preliminary CPI Falls Again on Year, Confirms Deflation

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Giada Zampano ROME--Italy's consumer price index fell for a second time in a row on a yearly basis in September, driven mainly by falling prices in the energy sector, statistics institute Istat said Tuesday, confirming a deflationary trend in ...

ASIA MARKETS: Hong Kong Stocks Slide In September

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

By Chao Deng Hong Kong's stock market capped its worst month in more than two years Tuesday as pro-democracy protests in the city swelled again, while shares in Tokyo also fell in reaction to a weaker dollar and a decline ...

Eurozone Inflation Hits Five-Year Low

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 30, 2014

The annual rate of inflation in the eurozone fell further below the European Central Bank's target in September, and to its lowest level since October 2009. The decline is a setback to the ECB which, earlier this month, launched a ...